Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Brothers that died

Arthur Henry Lazenby died on the 26th November 1914 serving with the Royal Navy, aged 18. His brother Richard Lazenby was killed aged 22, at the battle of Jutland when HMS 'Invincible' sank on 31st May 1916. These were the sailor sons of Richard and Jane Ann Lazenby, living at 6 Kimberley Street, Hull. Their other son was Company Sergeant Major, Walter Lazenby who served with the Durham Light Infantry and lived at the same address. 

Pte, William Arthur Lazenby, MM, 11th EYR died at St Omer on the 13th July 1918. His Younger brother, Pte Charles Lazenby, Durham Light Infantry, was killed a few weeks later, on the 9th August 1918, aged 19. They were the sons of Thomas Wilson and Annie Eliza Lazenby, 11 Church Road, North Ferriby. Another son, Staff Sgt, Thomas Lazenby, RGA,  was wounded in France. Their other two sons David Lazenby of the Middlesex Regiment, and George Lazenby, fighting with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, were both discharged early with wounds and ill health. Their family story is reported in the Hull Daily Mail 19/9/18.

Throughout the UK and Commonwealth, some 328 sets of brothers died during the First World War. Their details can be found here -


Brothers Arthur and Charles Snowley, both lived at 43 Wellington Lane and died within 9 months of each other in 1917.


Harold Percy Tutton and his brother John Henry Tutton were both lost in the war. Their father George Tutton, a stone mason, lived at 204 Bean Street. Next door at number 206 Bean Street, the Grantham brothers Tom and William Grantham also became war casualties leaving their parents William and Minnie Grantham.


Brothers James and Albert Stones died in 1916 and 1917 respectively. They were the two sons of Frederick and Caroline Stones, at 49 St Andrews Street, Hessle Road.


Gunner, 1817, Albert William VENUS, Royal Field Artillery, 2nd Northumbrian Brigade, was killed at Bellewaarde Ridge, on the 24th May 1915, aged 22.

A German shell hit his battery killing most of the other gun crew. Although the Battalion Diary & the Hull Daily Mail reported his death at the time, he was not officially remembered as a casulaty until August 2014. His name was recently registered with the Commonwealth War Grave Commission records, and added to the Menin Gate, which records 35,000 other missing men, with no known grave.

Albert Venus was born in Hull in 1893. After spending some time in Canada, his family returned to East Yorkshire. He was apprenticed to the Trawler owners Messrs Kelsall, Beeching and Co. and was living in the village of Thorne prior to the outbreak of war. His parents were Alfred Henry and Frances Charity Venus, who lived at 29 Eastbourne Street. His father worked the keel boats between Hull & Doncaster.

Albert's brother, Herbert James Venus, died at sea at the Battle of Jultland on 31st May 1916. Their married sister, Ethel May was their next of kin and lived at 33 Gee Street. Her Step son, L/Cpl., Sydney Bonewell, of the Imperial Camel Corps, having served for three years in Egypt, died of influenza in Hull, on the 2nd April 1919. 


Other Hull brothers to die in the First World War include:-

Arthur & Edward Andrew - 16 William Street

Clarence and Ernest Braithwaite, from Cleveland Street;

Charles and Walter Brinham, from Springbank West,

Sydney & Oswald Broddle, of Anlaby Common;

Albert and Teddy Chapman, from 13 Alaska Street;

Walter and Arthur Cade, at 17 Buckingham Street;

John and Joseph Cousins, at Arundle Street;

Arthur and Walter Drewery, from 29 Walton Street;

John and Joseph Ellis, from the 344 Boulevard, both lost at sea;

Nathan and Solomon Ellis, at 26 Portland Place;

Captain, Bede Farrell and his brother Adrian Farrell, from Newland Park;

Charles Edward Gamble and his brother Thomas William Gamble, from Londesborough Street;

Ernest & Joseph Glentworth, 68 Wassand Street, killed within three weeks of each other, in May 1917;

Edward and Herbert Green, from 187 Ella Street;

Frederick and Francis Guy, from Garden Village;

Anthony & Thomas Harran, from 22 Bowers Terrace, Waterloo Street;

Charles and Robert Hodges, from 9 Buckingham Street;

Thomas Henry and John Morley Holder, from Beverley Road, both killed in May 1917;

Thomas and William Holness, from 9 Conway Street, both lost at sea;

Frank and John Inman, from Stanifoth Palce, Hessle Road;

Joseph and Harry Longworth, from Lime Street;

William and Edward Lyons, from 37 Upper Union Street;

Wilfred and Percy Mitchell, from 9 Walcott Street;

John & Albert Monday, - 11 Russell Terrace, Bean Street;

Harold and Robert Ollett, from New George Street;

Ben and William Pougher, from Cambridge Street

Frank and Albert Shaw, from 19 Carlton Street

Ernest and Charles Smith, from 60 Nornabell Street;

George and John Sherburn from Craven Street;

Harold and James Sayer, from Hessle Road;

William and Gilbert Spink, from Franklin Street;

William & Alfred Suddaby, East Hull;

Sam and Herbert Thomson, from 2 Etty's Terrace, Strickland Street, both killed in 1915;

George and Edward Turner, from 65 Edinburgh Street

Albert and George Wilcox from 4 Matlock Villas, Escourt Street. They enlisted together on 11th December 1914;

Arthur and Cyril Veal, from 91 Clarendon Street;

Harold and Fred Wilson, from 48 Raywell Street;

John & James Wright - 62 Alexandra Road;

Brothers Cyril and Sidney Webb, from 8 Wyndham Street, died within weeks of each other in 1918.



2nd Lieutenant, Arthur Cyril Webster, 10th East Yorkshire, had been a Chorister at Hull's Holy Trinity Church. He died on the 3rd May 1917, at Oppy Wood, leading the attack, aged 23. His elder brother, 2nd Lt, George Alan Webster, 1st EYR, was killed on the 18th September 1918. Their parents George William and Rose Everlyn Webster of 113 Westbourne Avenue, placed a brass memorial plaque to both of them at the Holy Trinity Church in Hull's Market square


John and Roger Tighe, two sons of Patrick and Elizabeth Tighe, 14 Albert Terrace, Spring Street, were both killed in the war. Both born in Hull, John was a Sergeant in the Lincolnshire Regiment. He left a wife and is buried in Grimsby. Roger Tighe served with the East Yorkshire Regiment and before the war worked as a Dock Labourer in Hull.


Arthur and Herbert West, from 6 Kings Cross Terrace, Bean Street, are two more brothers commemorated on the same memorial. They are just two of the 91 men that died in Bean Street during the First World War.


Pte., John Robert Trowell, Northumberland Fusiliers, died in Greece, on 15th September 1916. His brother Pte., George Robert Trowell, was killed at Arras, on the 23rd April 1917, fighting with the East Yorkshire Regiment. They were the sons of Robert and Charlotte Trowell who lived at 81 Laburnum Avenue. Before the war both John and George Trowell worked for Reckitts. Their deaths were reported in the local newspapers and both their names were recorded on the St Marks Street Roll of Honour.


Boatswain, Francis C Wilson, drowned in the North sea, when the 'Gitano' struck a mine on 26/2/17. His brother Paul, CEF, had died of heart failure, in January 1917, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Another Brother, John Wilson, died on the 'San Gregorio', in November, 1917. Their Grandsons, Sgt, Ernest Barnby, 4th EYR, was killed in action on 23/4/16, and Pte, Francis Barnby, was killed in action in September 1915.


Thank You to Rory Paddock, for the following information, sent on 17/10/2016:- 
Born in Bewholme, East Yorkshire in December 1897, Robert was the youngest of five children to George and Emma Franks. At the time of the 1911 Census he was already living away from home and working as a Horseman on a farm near Lowthorpe, Driffield. When war came, Robert was among the first to enlist in the fledgling Pals battalions, signing up on 24th September 1914, originally in the 12th EYR and later transferred to the 10th. He was underage. A mere 16 years old at the time. He must have told them he was 19 and they will have been only too happy to swallow his lie. Training throughout 1915, Robert shipped to Egypt that December and on to France the following March. A veteran of the Somme, Oppy Wood and the Spring Offensive, Robert was badly wounded during July and evacuated to the hospital centre at St Omer, where he died of wounds, on 29th July 1918. He is buried at Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery; he was 20 years old. It was a second blow for George and Emma Franks. They had lost their fourth son, James (29655 in the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment) on 22nd March 1918 as his unit was overrun by the German advance. His body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial which bears the names of 14,000 UK servicemen with no known grave who died between 21st March and 7th August 1918. James was 22 years old.  The loss their mother, Emma, endured was all the more so, because her husband, George Robert had died in 1917. He was buried Nunkeeling on 19 Dec 1917. Robert Percy also had three younger siblings, whom Emma then had to support and raise as a widow: Harold (b. 1903); Ernest b. 1905); and Arthur Henry (b. 1912). 
Despite their different birth years and along with a third brother, George Alfred, who was born at Bessingby in 1893, James and Robert Percy FRANKS were baptised at Nunkeeling on the same date: 22 Oct 1899. George Alfred FRANKS also saw action on the Western Front during WW1, but with the New Zealand Army, and he survived.
The NZ connection stems from the fact that two of the brothers’ great-uncles, from Ganton, George FRANKS (1835-1908) and John FRANKS (1837-1922) emigrated there in the 1860s. George Alfred was working on a farm at Leven, west of Hornsea, at the time of the 1911 census and moved to NZ sometime thereafter.  The family must have stayed in touch, because he nominated one of his Kiwi cousins as next-of-kin at the time of his enlistment.  Two NZ-born cousins are also known to have served in WW1. Brief details follow and WW1 NZ Army records are available online via the ‘Archives NZ Archway’ website: .
32443 Private George Alfred FRANKS (1893-1970) attested into the NZ Army on 27 Jul 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He was wounded in action on 7 Jun 1917 (gunshot wound to the right arm, causing a severe fracture), probably during the initial assault of the Battle of Messines, 7-14 Jun 1917. George Alfred spent time recuperating at Brockenhurst in Hampshire, the location of a wartime NZ military hospital, before returning to his new home in Nov 1917.  He was discharged from the Army on 28 Feb 1918 as being ‘no longer physically fit for war service’.
34562 Trooper John Frederick FRANKS (1882-1952). Son of John FRANKS (1837-1922). John Frederick joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and spent his wartime service in the Middle East. He was based in Egypt and reverted in rank at own request down from Sergeant, probably to see active service rather than undertake instructor duties, as the ME was used as a major training area for ANZAC forces. He is recorded as having been ‘in the field’ on a number of occasions, including during the period of the 3rd Battle of Gaza (aka Battle of Beersheba), 31 Oct – 7 Nov 1917.    
3/1383 Private Spencer Franks CARVER (1899-1974). Grandson of George FRANKS (1835-1908). Spencer Franks served with the NZ Medical Corps and was at the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) where, on 12/13 Oct 1917, he earned the Military Medal for ‘conspicuous gallantry in action’ as a stretcher-bearer with No. 3 Field Ambulance. He had given a false age on enlistment and was still only 17 at the time (b. 3 Nov 1899). Coincidentally, the CARVER family also came from Yorkshire (Northallerton).